In order of temporal occurrence, as per the day-old tradition:


At the day’s outset, it was Singapouring (sorry, it’s been a long day), but once action began, it proceeded thusly: Dimitry Tursunov beat Ivo Minar like an egg. “Great success!!!” was his two-word, three exclamation point twatted reaction. Fair enough. Well, the Czech Repub’s #6 may have been beaten (hint: Minar), but its #7 went through like a champ, as Dusan Lojda took out Marco Crugnola. And I don’t mean to dinner. But I do mean 6-2 7-5.

Meanwhile, James Ward’s winless 2011 proceeded winlessly with a tough 7-5 0-6 5-7 loss to my favorite Italian (besides Francesca Schiavone, of course), Matteo Viola. A shame the Minar bros couldn’t match up against the Viola bros in doubles here, on account that neither set of siblings is playing doubles here. Regardless, I think the Minars should branch off and form their own pro-sibling circuit, just so they can call it the Minar Tour. (Sorry. Long day disclaimer still in effect.)

The Mailman John Millman sent Sergei Bubka crashing to the mat in a decidedly 7-6(2) 6-7(5) 6-2ular fashion. Wildcard Karan Rastogi vilified the vilifier, 6-1 3-6 6-4 over Brydan Klein. Fourth seed Alexander Kudryavtsev was understandably upset. I’d be upset too if I’d just lost 1&2 to Flavia Cipolla anywhere outside of Noumea. And the dream run of Peerakiat Siriluethaiwattana was cut short by the exact same score, 1&2&out to Somdev Millionaire. Will I ever get to write about Peerakiat again? If there’s any justice in the world, I will. (Tip: this mean’s that I likely won’t).

Reunion Island

Continues to crack my shit up. If I’m ever constipated, clearly all I have to do is think of Reunion Island. Our friends at Shank Tennis alerted us to the hilarity of some of the qualifying player photos. This one’s my fave:

Could this be the legendary Yann Drieux?

Once again, the greatest tennis player/blogger who ever did live, Mr. Harri Heliovaara, gives us the flavor of the Reunion Island scene. About his doubles match, which he won 6-0 6-1 with Mathieu Rodrigues: “I guess the opponents do not have much to play professional tennis in recent years, when they did not even know the…no-ad system.” HAHAHAHA! As he tends to do, he took some nice pictures of the club, like so:

And so:

Seventh seed Vincent Millot managed to lose to Swissy Alexander Sedecky (the patron saint of my twitter feed, if you must know) 5-7 2-6:

Moon Over Sadecky

But the big winner of the day had to be 36 year-old Mark Sibilla of France, who padded his 1/8 career ITF record (including Futures) by winning his first round match and scamming pocketing a nifty 9 ATP points for his “efforts”. This will send the now-unranked player soaring into Top Thousand, well surpassing his previous career high of 1,184. Once again: well done, Reunion. *slow clap*

I’ll leave you with the wise words of young tennis sage Heliovaara to summarize: “This (event) has now become…unusual when (main draw) players…withdrew and hardly anyone wanted to go to reach a difficult Reunion. Florida played in the Futures this week 128 qualifiers, but the Challenger was not enough players in the first division. I can say than that huhhuh!” I can say than that, too, Harri: HUHHUH!


4 seeds played, and 3 of them lost. Top seed Andrey Golubev went down to that Bastian of Knittel, 4-6 2-6. Fourth seed Rainer Schuettler succumbed to Swedish qualifier Michael Ryder of the stedt, 3-6 5-7. And Conor Niland got off the 2011 schneid 7-5 6-2 over 8 seed Marco Chiudinelli. The only seed to advance? Daniel Brands. He beat Gregoire Burquier 6-4 6-4 in a surprisingly straightforward affair for the bumbling-of-late Brandsman.

In the world of the unseeded rabble, Dieter Kindlmann unluckily lost (like, for permanent this time) 5-7 7-6(5) 2-6 to Justine Henin’s mixed doubles partner Ruben Bemelmans. Ilija Bozoljac proved the better “Bo” on the day, bowling over Stephane Bohli, who ultimately bowed 6-2 6-7(4) 4-6. Bozo knows ljac, y’all. Martin Klizan won his first match of the year, 7-6(5) 6-3 over Attila Balazs. Also: Jerzy Janowicz, Jesse Huta Galung and The American Boggo, Alex Bogomolov (Jr.) all recorded easy straight-set wins over Igor Sijsling, Simon Greul and Evgeny Korolev, respectively. Oh: the delightfully nerdy Andi Beck also notched a tight vic over Konstantin Kravchuk 7-6(4) 6-4, which is nice to see as he’s returning from a persistent back injury.

Bucaramanga, dude

Fourth-seeded Albert Ramos-Vinolas was the only seed to lose on the day. And boy did he lose: 0-6 1-6 to Jose Acasuso. Watch out for Chucho! Second seed Horacio Zeballos won his first match on Court Central all year (after being shunted aside in Sao Paulo), 7-6(5) 7-5 over the Pastor, Ivan Navarro. [6] Fede Delbonis ousted Robert Farah 7-6 6-4, [5] Eric Prodon said “see ya” to Caio Zampieri 6-3 6-3, and the possibly-late-arriving Victor Estrella – fresh from malingering on the grounds of the USA F3 in Weston – lost to Jorge Aguilar 4-6 4-6. Finally, wildcard Gastao Elias continued with his blazing 2011 by beating Juan-Sebastian Cabal 6-3 6-3 and extending his W/L record on the year to 9/1.